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Unbroken - Used, beaten but never broken. My story of survival and hope. Kindle Edition
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It felt somewhat crass to label this blog a ‘book review’, so instead I am going to use the opportunity to reflect on my reactions to reading “Unbroken”, and promote the message Madeleine Black has to share with the world. ‘Meeting’ Madeleine on twitter was a happy accident, due to me following lots of prisoner/justice/charity accounts and somehow becoming linked to her. I had no idea of her story, or that she had written a book, but after conversing for a few months and seeing her tweets I felt compelled to buy “Unbroken”.
“For many years after that night, my memories of what happened after he held the blade to my throat and threatened my life were fragmented…difficult to piece together. It was too extreme, too violent for me to understand.”
The subject of rape is one that evokes many societal reactions. Distress, disgust, discomfort, and denial are a few words that spring to mind. Madeleine’s story crept into every fibre of my being from page one, and her narrative reached me in a way many writers have never managed. While sharing descriptions of her life as a teenager Madeleine maintains a matter of fact style, but the suffocating account of her assault infiltrated the darkest corners of my mind. As I read, I found myself experiencing a multitude of physical and emotional responses, which was exceedingly uncomfortable and ‘real’. She describes her time in The Mildred Creak Unit, and I became overwhelmingly claustrophobic and apprehensive, desperately willing someone to understand and name what was behind her silence.
“Unbroken” is not ‘just’ a story about a woman who was raped. It is a tribute to everyone who has been either a victim or perpetrator of violence, and a life lesson to those lucky enough to not know the pain of either. Madeleine shares her life without pity, and it is refreshing to read a memoir that is so incredibly raw, yet balanced. It is a reminder that one day or night can be enough to change us forever, but we alone choose and mould that change and our future. Madeleine’s triumphs and challenges on her healing path are recalled with humility, grace and honesty. The book is compelling, heart-breaking and inspiring all at once, covering so many aspects of life after rape. The final chapter left me feeling exhausted yet strangely revitalised, and wondering when I would be ready to start again from chapter one to absorb the details I’d missed.
Thank you Madeleine for sharing your reality with the masses. You have spoken for those still silent, those working through trauma and those whose bravery to stand and be counted empowers survivors worldwide. There is something quite beautiful about “Unbroken”, and I think my favourite part is there being a message for everyone to take away – no matter who they are. Madeleine speaks boldly to the world, raising herself up from a muted shell to an influential, educated champion of forgiveness.
Madeleine Black has broken the silence over the taboo of rape. Victims of abuse always feel the shame, that is due to their perpetrators. Her way of healing is to engage with life, speak out and at the end walk a path of releasing what happened through forgiveness. I could not put the book down once I started reading it and I am full of admiration for the courage that Madeleine has, to write this book.
Highly recommended and watch some the videos on YouTube for more inspiration.
Madeleine shows people that they can choose how to lead their life - she chose to lead a full & happy one and despite what happened to her, was able to make that dream come true....which is a lot more than most people can say!
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